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20 June 2016

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The Lions lost out in the Play-Off final v Barnsley

Name: Millwall Football Club
Founded: 1885
Stadium: The Den
Capacity: 20,146
Manager: Neil Harris
Last season: Fourth in League One

Neil Harris’ Millwall side will be hoping to erase the memory of last season’s Play-Off Final defeat, and mount a challenge for a return to the Championship next term.

A 3-1 defeat to Barnsley under the Wembley arch in late May confirmed another campaign in the third-tier of English football for the South East London side.

Harris was appointed at the Lions manager last March, having served the team as a player over two spells.

A native of Orsett, Essex, he started his career at non-league side Cambridge City, before joining Millwall in 1998 for a transfer fee of £30,000.

It would be in his first spell with the club that he would really become a fan favourite on the terraces, as Harris won the in-house Player of the Year award for Millwall during his first full term.

He later helped the Lions to a Second division championship title in 2000/01 – as Harris found the net on 27 occasions for his club, winning the Golden boot award for being the top scorer throughout the four English professional leagues.

Under the management of Dennis Wise, Harris was loaned out to Cardiff City in 2004, in a brief stint at Nianian Park. 

Harris’ first stay at Millwall came to an end following the expiry of his Cardiff loan, with the prolific striker, who was nicknamed the Bomber by supporters, scored 93 times in 233 appearances in a six-year spell.

A transfer to the East Midlands to sign for Nottingham Forest was next on the agenda for Harris, who moved to the City Ground for an undisclosed fee after the Reds were relegated from the Championship, however, in three-years at Forest, he played 33 times, netting once.

In the 2005/06 season, the player spent a term on loan with Gillingham, getting his name on the scoresheet six times at Priestfield.

Subsequently, Harris returned to Millwall for a second time in January 2007 – just a day after leaving Forest.

A further four-years would be spent at the capital club, before he went onto retire with Southend United in 2013.

Following on from retirement, Harris took up the position of Millwall’s U21 manager, spending a short spell as caretaker manager in 2013 – taking the job on permanently in March 2015.

And last term, his first full season in the dugout, Harris led Millwall to a Play-Off Final, as well as a Football League Trophy Southern Area Final.

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